To move beyond the traditional pediatric residents' community education paradigm, our specific mission incorporates community-based, collaborative interactions to enhance residents' effectiveness in providing family-centered, community-based, coordinated care to address health disparities with a culturally sensitive approach.
Pediatric residents participate in Community Pediatrics throughout their three years of residency training. Participating community-based agencies benefit from the residents' work on their selected community projects. The greater metropolitan community, itself, benefits from modest, but important, improvements in health disparities at the local level. And the residents benefit from ongoing personal and professional growth through self-awareness, reflection, and valuing the integrity and experience of other experts, including families.
Community Pediatrics serves both as a public health and as a community-based participatory research model for determining the most effective methods of training pediatricians to actively promote the health and well-being of all children in partnership with our community-based organizations.
This training program was designed with vital community input from our multi-faceted, community-focused partners. Our community partners have made significant commitments of their time and resources to the development, implementation and sustainability of this education program. Collectively, we have invested 10 years in the Community Pediatrics rotation to assure its educational success.
These modules are highly interactive, and are taught by a rich group of faculty teams. The faculty teams include professionals and consumers from a variety of dimensions.
The multi-educational core and elective curriculum modules provide an overview of the elements of multi-dimensional, family-centered, community-based care. Through activities to expand their personal knowledge base, participants gain understanding of the factors that impact the development and health of children and families who have traditionally been underserved. These factors include poverty, culture, race, political and systems issues. They likewise gain greater insights into their individual beliefs and values.
Finally, participating individuals acquire an array of skills, including teamwork, communication, and advocacy skills.